On 10 December 1996, the Supreme Court received the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) report on enforced disappearances and secret cremations carried out by the security forces in Punjab from 1984 to 1994. The CBI's report was based on the examination of three crematoria in Amritsar district and disclosed 2098 illegal cremations - 582 fully identified, 278 partially identified, and 1238 unidentified. The Court instructed the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to adjudicate all issues and determine all facts, including compensation, arising from this disclosure of "flagrant violations of human rights on a mass scale".
The database here shows the three lists. Wherever the Committee for Coordination on Disappearances in Punjab (CCDP) has information on the people in the list, the database includes CCDP's summary. The Committee has acquired specific information about the personal and political backgrounds of 513 of the cases included in the CBI's lists and the circumstances in which they disappeared or were executed before being cremated by the police, implicating 444 cases from the identified list, 79 cases from the partially identified list, and 149 cases from the unidentified list. Our investigations reveal the failure of the CBI to properly or seriously investigate the matter of illegal cremations and the CBI's contribution to police impunity for these crimes.
If you have further information about any of these cases, especially from the list of unidentified bodies, please contact us